knockoffwood.blogspot.com. It has furniture plans that look like Pottery Barn, West Elm, etc and is amazinnng. Handy Dandy JJ was all about it, I was slightly apprehensive because I have never built anything. I figured I would just let JJ do the main stuff and I'd watch and try to be of assistance when possible. We decided to build a console table for the extremely bare hallway. At this point in time, J didn't have too many power tools and we had to hand cut the wood. That was quite a treat. But we managed to get it done and I must say he did quite an awesome job (and yes he gets all the credit for that table!). Don't mind the random tools I had out from hanging the mirror and random stuff on the table - I just grabbed random things to make it look somewhat normal.
So after seeing JJ build that table I decided I could do it too! After selling our kitchen table on Craig's List prematurely, that was what i decided to build. Here's the plan for the Storage Dining Table. A little ambitious but I'm fairly handy so I knew I could handle it. Well turns out the cut list was a little wrong- Dilemma #1. Mind you, we still don't have a miter saw yet (We now have one, I bought it for JJ for our 2 year anniversary), so I was cutting all those pieces by hand! Not fun to have to cut the whole top off, and redo the top portion. But ya gotta do whatcha gotta do. As JJ likes to say, "you can wish in one hand..." haha. Here's the table pre-top-cut-off:
Here's the cut down non-stained version.
Well to fit in our breakfast nook I wanted the tabletop to be around 48 inches -Dilemma #2. A 48 inch round tabletop from Lowe's would cost $220 dollars for pine to have it specially ordered. Dislike. We might as well have bought the real table from Pottery Barn! So we tried our luck on craigslist and bought what we thought was a 48 inch solid wood round table. sike! It was that fake veneer junk again! That was expensive firewood. So we took a couple weeks off because we couldn't find anything cheaper than $200. And then we had an idea! I thought we could just buy a sheet of oak and cut it out but I wanted the edges to look more refined. And thats when J-dawg thought of a router! And kapow! The table got finished! The edges got finished! The kitchen looks finished! WOO HOO!
Click here to see part two of building the table!